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Blizzard: Six "Proven Property" Titles by 2014

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Blizzard's next six releases over the next three years will likely be two for World of Warcraft, two for StarCraft 2 and two for Diablo 3.

Friday during the Citi 2011 Technology Conference, Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl said that Blizzard will release six "proven property" releases over the next three years. These will include two expansion packs for World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2's Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void installments, and the action-RPG Diablo 3. As for the sixth unnamed release, Tipple indicated that it could possibly be a Diablo 3 expansion pack.

As of this writing, Blizzard has not stated anything in regards to the post-Cataclysm expansion packs save for wanting to get them out once a year at the very least. As for the next two StarCraft 2 installments, Battle.net project director Greg Canessa already indicated that Heart of the Swarm will be available in mid-2012. With that in mind, the StarCraft 2 team may close the three-part series by the end of 2014.

So far there's no set release date for Diablo 3 although the team is shooting for a Q4 2011 release. In fact, they're currently getting ready to launch the public beta in the next several weeks. However, Tippl added that the upcoming action-RPG has not been factored into the company's earnings report expectations for the calendar year, leaving room for a possible delay. Still, an expansion pack is expected to hit retail shelves before the end of 2014.

As for Diablo 3 on console, that version wasn't mentioned and may not even be considered as "proven property" given that the Diablo IP hasn't been seen on a console since the original hack-n-slash title landed on Sony's PlayStation console back in 1998. Blizzard's mysterious "Titan" project is also not considered "proven property" given that it's reportedly a new casual MMO separate from the company's existing properties. That said, the company's list of six seemingly consists of PC-based IPs that are currently active and long-standing.

Naturally Blizzard issued a comment debunking any talk about future projects and their release dates. "We haven't made any announcements in regard to plans beyond our current slate," a representative said in an emailed statement. "Currently, we are focused on the next content update for Cataclysm, the upcoming release of Diablo 3, and continued development on Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm."

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    iam2thecrowe , September 10, 2011 8:02 AM
    I want a new Warcraft, not WOW, proper Warcraft! Just use the starcraft engine and make a new Warcraft! Is it too much to ask?
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    cypeq , September 10, 2011 10:37 AM
    Blizzard now assumes that all gamers are basement dwellers without life so they don't need lan mode
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    wildkitten , September 10, 2011 6:01 AM
    Proxy711That really has nothing to do with activision pretty much since WoW came out blizzard has released about a game a year. all while developing SC2 and Diablo 3 and titan. those games need to come out some time. like the article said, 2 WoW exp packs (they always do about 1 a year), 2 SC2 installments like was was planed during SC2 development. Then Diablo 3 when its finished and later a exp pack.Not quite a rushed PoS line up for 3 years.

    Really? Other than SC2 please name another game Blizzard has released since WoW was released in 2004? WoW came out November of 2004, BC in January of 07, Wrath in December of 08 and Cataclysm in December of 2010. That's about 1 every 2 years.
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    cmaki2008 , September 10, 2011 2:39 AM
    Please don't rush the masterpiece that is Blizzard.
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    bak0n , September 10, 2011 3:05 AM
    Until they make a lan playable version of those games I'll never buy one.
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    cmaki2008 , September 10, 2011 3:46 AM
    Wow, one thumb down already? Really you want another SC2 b.net 2.0 Beta? This is what has happened since Activision was in the picture. Rush the games out for our stocks!! If you like that then go ahead and thumb down this one GO FOR IT!! lol
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 3:46 AM
    I hate wow with passion but i totally love starcraft 2 and im sure i will love diablo 3, blizzard is THE company for pc gamers just like valve
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 4:21 AM
    Mid 2012 for the next expansion... >_
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 4:37 AM
    6 games in 3 years?
    the activision in this one is strong...
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    secolliyn , September 10, 2011 4:57 AM
    The great thing about Blizzard games is they don't give them a release date until it's done when it's done and in the can that's when they will tell us it's hitting shelves and not a moment sooner and that's the correct thing to do make a great game then release it i have said it for years PC and no Console game makers have gotten lazy the push out a game when it's not ready and that's how we end up with day one patches the only game i will buy outright before letting them drop to the $20 bin are Blizzard,Bioware,Bethesda and ID games mainly because when i buy those games i know im getting something worth while
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    proxy711 , September 10, 2011 5:13 AM
    person1010106 games in 3 years?the activision in this one is strong...

    That really has nothing to do with activision pretty much since WoW came out blizzard has released about a game a year. all while developing SC2 and Diablo 3 and titan. those games need to come out some time. like the article said, 2 WoW exp packs (they always do about 1 a year), 2 SC2 installments like was was planed during SC2 development. Then Diablo 3 when its finished and later a exp pack.

    Not quite a rushed PoS line up for 3 years.
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    FloKid , September 10, 2011 5:23 AM
    Bring in the cash cow, nyam nyam naym
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    Benihana , September 10, 2011 5:51 AM
    2 for WoW or Diablo 3? Whatever happened to speculating about "codename Titan", Bliz's next big MMO?
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    wildkitten , September 10, 2011 6:01 AM
    Proxy711That really has nothing to do with activision pretty much since WoW came out blizzard has released about a game a year. all while developing SC2 and Diablo 3 and titan. those games need to come out some time. like the article said, 2 WoW exp packs (they always do about 1 a year), 2 SC2 installments like was was planed during SC2 development. Then Diablo 3 when its finished and later a exp pack.Not quite a rushed PoS line up for 3 years.

    Really? Other than SC2 please name another game Blizzard has released since WoW was released in 2004? WoW came out November of 2004, BC in January of 07, Wrath in December of 08 and Cataclysm in December of 2010. That's about 1 every 2 years.
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    wildkitten , September 10, 2011 6:04 AM
    So Blizz wants to accelerate an expansion every year, but considering with Wrath and Cataclysm they slowed content patches incredibly down for release, not even getting to half the planned content for each xpac.

    Why do I get the feeling that these expansions will be nothing more than glorified content patched that will be charged for similar to what EQ did.
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    joytech22 , September 10, 2011 6:43 AM
    I noticed all of the top comments have been thumbed down.
    Let me try to get thumbed up...

    AMD Bulldozer.

    That is all.
    This'll probably fail massively though.

    Anyway back on topic...
    The only game I'm looking forward to is Diablo 3, I've never really been into small-scale war like Starcraft, more a fan of Supreme commander but that's just me.

    Also not big on WoW but that's also just me, I tried it out for a few weeks but got bored fast it's just not my kind of game I guess.
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    iam2thecrowe , September 10, 2011 8:02 AM
    I want a new Warcraft, not WOW, proper Warcraft! Just use the starcraft engine and make a new Warcraft! Is it too much to ask?
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    cypeq , September 10, 2011 10:37 AM
    Blizzard now assumes that all gamers are basement dwellers without life so they don't need lan mode
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 10, 2011 11:37 AM
    iam2thecroweI want a new Warcraft, not WOW, proper Warcraft! Just use the starcraft engine and make a new Warcraft! Is it too much to ask?


    Second that!!! Forget WoW, WC4 would be great... hell, even another expansion for WC3 would bring in massive profits for Blizzard! When an MMO is set as such, it's fine with me, but when a previously different game turns into an MMO, like WC3 did... it hurts to watch. I pray that it doesn't happen to Mass Effect, Dragon Age and other good RPGs.
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